2018 Annual Parish Retreat

160 people attended our retreat this year hosted at Our Lady of the Angels. February 3rd was an amazing day of talks, meditations, and discussions held in tandem with our normal 1st Saturday Devotions. The Stewardship Committee did an outstanding job putting this year’s retreat together! Feel free to jump in on the action by listening to the talks presented by our very own pastor, Fr. Greg Paffel.

2018-02-03 Talk 1 – Sitting with Jesus

2018-02-03 Talk 2 – Standing with Mary

2018-02-03 Talk 3 – Living for God


Ash Wednesday four years ago, I sat down to pray our parish Lenten Chaplet for one of my family members.

I liked it so much and it became so meaningful that I couldn’t help but develop it a little. You may pray the simple chaplet as you always have. But I wanted to share how I pray it in case you want a little more meditation with it.

As you enter Lent in a spirit of prayer, fasting and almsgiving remember the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the Cross. For the next 40 days be encouraged to pray this chaplet for someone you love.

Holding the Cross
Sign of the Cross
Apostles Creed

Prayer of Intention
Oh my good Jesus, you are completely holy. Thank you for washing me with your Precious Blood. Please teach me how to pray from my heart to your Heart and grant your blessing to __________, for whom I pray. Then as I remember the last seven words you spoke upon the Cross, through my sorrow, give me hope in your Resurrection. Amen!

Meditate on the last seven words of Christ.
• My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Matt 27:46, Mark 15:34)
Recite the Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be
on three knots following each meditation.
• Father, forgive them, they know not what they do. (Luke 23:33)
• Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise. (Luke 23:43)
• Father, into your hands I commend my spirit. (Luke 23:46)
• Woman, behold, your son. . . . . Behold, your mother. (John 19:26-27)
• I thirst. (John 19:28)
• It is finished. (John 19:30)

Final Prayers
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner! (three times)
Sign of the Cross

Then sometime between Holy Thursday and Easter give your chaplet to the one you for whom you prayed.

By the way, this year’s Crosses were purchased when I went to Jerusalem last year. They have been laid upon the birthplace of Christ, the crucifixion site, the place his body was prepared for burial, and in the tomb where he was buried and from which he rose from the dead. That makes them third class relics of our Lord four times over.

They are Russian style crosses. You will notice the short slanted bar at the bottom. Specifically, it represents the judgment of the good thief and the bad thief. Generally, it represents that all of us will also be judged when we die. “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.”

In our Father’s hands,
😄 Fr. Greg

Oremus: A Catholic Guide to Prayer. This 8 week study will be held for eight consecutive Thursdays from 7 pm-8 pm in St. Paul’s Church (Feb. & March: 1, 8, 15, 22). There will be a 30 minute video followed by 30 minutes of personal prayer time. There is a book that helps guide you in prayer. The cost of the book is $10 and you would have access to the videos online when you purchase a book. If you don’t want a book, you can just come to the video and prayer time! No need to pre-register, just come that first night any time after 6:30 to purchase your book and bring an email if you want online access to the videos! Bring a friend and commit to focusing on prayer this Lent!

“GLORY TO GOD!” is the theme for the 2018 Bishop’s Annual Appeal.
Here is Bishop Kettler’s message on YouTube:

CHECK OUT FR. GREG’S {LATEST HOMILY – “Weapons of Restraint”} and {LATEST BLOG – “Lift Up Your Hearts”}.